Friday, July 20, 2012

July Marks National Park and Recreation Month

Summer is in full swing and what better way to enjoy it than by celebrating National Park and Recreation Month? Getting out to park and recreation areas will not only increase your health by keeping you active, but it also helps your well-being to be involved in the community.

Parks provide various types of recreational activities from swimming pools to playgrounds to athletic leagues and various types of environmental and special event programs. Since 1985, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) has celebrated July as the official National Park and Recreation Month. This year’s theme is Get Wild! The idea is to get wild about everything from workouts and wellness to just getting wet and wild at the pool or even wild with nature.

There are lots of activities that take place outdoors and make parks and recreational areas a fun place to be during the summer! There are activities for all ages and abilities that help get you moving and shaking while enjoying and learning about the nature surrounding you. Some various activities include walking, biking and hiking. You could also paddle in a canoe, fly a kite, or just enjoy a fun family picnic in the park! Regardless of what activity you choose to participate in, you are sure to have a fun time in the sun! Just remember to where sunscreen and stay hydrated during the hot summer days!

So what are you waiting for? Time to Get Wild and stay active! And remember: in case of an emergency never hesitate to call 9-1-1. For more information on Get Wild activities, visit

Check out the cool video below from Arizona and see how they plan to Get Wild!

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